| FNI NEWS
International Conference on Globalization and Challenges
for Oceans and Marine Regions in Oslo 21-23 August
(19.08.2008) Leading world experts on marine affairs and the
law of the sea from all continents will meet in Oslo 21-23 August to discuss
new developments and challenges for contemporary governance of the oceans
caused by globalization.
Participation at a conference on "The World
Ocean in Globalization: Challenges for Marine Regions", organized by the
Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen Institute, has been confirmed by experts and
representatives from numerous countries and international organizations
including the UN, International Maritime Organization, FAO, the World Bank,
UNESCO, various fisheries and shipping associations, environmental NGOs, as
well as members of bodies such as the International Tribunal for the Law of the
Sea and the UN International Law Commission.
globalization and impacts on climate are changing the way we use the oceans
today, and also the way we can manage them. Governance mechanisms, like the UN
Convention on the Law of the Sea, now ratified by 155 countries, face many
different challenges today as compared to the time when adopted - a quarter
century ago, as in the case of the UN Convention.
Meanwhile, many newly
emerged problems for sound ocean governance demand adequate responses
such as the introduction of invasive alien species by ships' ballast water;
bioprospecting of marine genetic resources of the deep seabed and in the polar
regions; or illegal operational oil spills from vessels and potential of modern
satellite technology to help in detecting the offenders. Moreover, interest of
many coastal states to secure seabed resources on the continental shelf, like
in the Arctic, has become evident recently, and is also on the agenda of the
conference. Major challenges that the experts gathered in Oslo will discuss
relate also to the sustainability of fishing on the high seas and illegal
fishing; increasing maritime transport of hazardous cargo in seas surrounding
Europe; and the impacts of climate change on the oceans.
providing an independent expert forum, the conference is held under the
sponsorship of governmental institutions from several maritime countries,
including Norway, New Zealand, Chile, Croatia and Island, and in partnership
with foremost academic institutions, such as the University of California at
Berkeley, Law of the Sea Institute.
This is the third such international
conference organized by the Nansen Institute on marine affairs and the Law of
the Sea; the first was in 1983, soon after the UN Law of the Sea Convention was
adopted - and the second in 1998, coinciding with the UN International Year of
research on Marine Affairs and the Law of the Sea
Vidas (for enquiries regarding the program)
Claes Lykke Ragner (for all
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